I am using Spacemacs and it always ask me to save .cache/abbrev_defs which is very annoying.

I tried to put (abbrev-mode -1) in dotspacemacs/user-config function. But it still ask for save the abbrev_defs file.

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    You can keep abbrev mode on and get no save requests with (setq save-abbrevs 'silently)
    – Heikki
    Nov 29, 2017 at 5:51

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You disable abbrev-mode the same way you disable any minor mode.


M-- abbrev-mode

From Lisp:

(abbrev-mode -1)

C-h f abbrev-mode tells you:

abbrev-mode is an interactive compiled Lisp function in abbrev.el.

(abbrev-mode &optional ARG)

Toggle Abbrev mode in the current buffer.

With a prefix argument ARG, enable Abbrev mode if ARG is positive, and disable it otherwise. If called from Lisp, enable Abbrev mode if ARG is omitted or nil.

In Abbrev mode, inserting an abbreviation causes it to expand and be replaced by its expansion.

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